For a long time, bicycles were considered to be a vehicle of less importance in Bangladesh. The usage of bicycles was limited mostly to students and villagers who used them to carry small stuff and cover short distances. And for some people, having a bicycle was just a childhood desire. However, these ideas have changed. Although a bit late to the trend, cycling is getting popular in our country as well. The usage of bicycles is no longer limited to students and villagers as people from all walks of life are adapting to the cycling trend. People are covering hundreds of kilometers by cycling, traveling the entire country, discovering the hidden beauty of Bangladesh in a completely new way. For the younger generation, cross-country cycling has become a new thing, a hobby that inspires others. In the following, we will discuss some of the most popular cross-country cycling routes of Bangladesh that every cyclist should consider for long rides.
Border to border
Border to border cycling is when you cycle from one border of your country to another. Many people called this cross-country cycling as well. Considering the distance, it may seem unbelievable but the compact size of our country has made it doable. And for the youngsters of Bangladesh, it has now become a trendy thing to do. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular cross-country cycling routes of Bangladesh.
Teknaf – Tetulia
The route that connects the northernmost part of Bangladesh to the southernmost part is also known as Tetulia to Teknaf route. Talking about the most popular cross-country cycling routes of Bangladesh, this route is probably the most popular and well-known of them all. It spans from the border of Banglabandha in Tetulia, Panchagarh, the most north-western part of Bangladesh, to Shapuree island in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, the most south-eastern part of Bangladesh. Many people take different routes for the journey but must cover thousands of miles to complete the route. Starting from the Banglabandha border in Tetulia, the route goes through some of the northern districts including Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Thakurgao and requires crossing the Padma and Jamuna river for reaching Shapuree island through Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.
Tamabil – Bhomra
The Bhomra border in Satkhira, southwest of the Tamabil border in the northeastern part of the country, is another excellent cycling route. The route stretches from the hills of Meghalaya in the east to the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger in the far west of Sundarbans. The journey starts from Tamabil in Sylhet, the hilly state of Meghalaya then, you have to go through Sylhet, Habiganj, Narsingdi, Dhaka, Mawa, or Paturiaghat by ferry and you will reach Satkhira Bhomra border through Magura, then through Jessore or Khulna.
Haluaghat – Kuakata
Geographically Teknaf and Tetulia are located in the southeast and northwest part of Bangladesh respectively. Where adding all the stop point on a map gives you a sloped line. However, if anyone wants to travel from the north most part to the south most part of Bangladesh, this Haluaghat-Kuakata route is for them. In doing so, one has to go through the Mymensingh, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Madaripur, Barisal, and Patuakhali to reach the Kuakata sea beach.
Akhaura – Mujibnagar
This is one of the most talked-about cross-country routes of Bangladesh and also the shortest at the same time. The route divided the country in half from west to east. One endpoint of the route is in Akhaura, Brahmanbaria and the other one is located at Mujibnagar, Meherpur. The distance between these two endpoints is less than 500km. There are multiple ways to complete the journey. Many people start their journey from the Akhaura and reach Mujibnagar through Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Mawa, and Kushtia. Some people take the unconventional route that goes a little further south. It starts from Akhaura then the route goes through Comilla, Chandpur, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Narail, Jessore, and finally reaches Mujibnagar after Chuadanga.
Mujibnagar in Meherpur and Akhaura in Brahmanbaria are two of the most significant places of Bangladesh for historical reasons. Mujibnagar is famous for being the place where the first provisional government of Bangladesh was established in 1971. Akhaura, on the other hand, is well known for the Agartala conspiracy case.
Cycling is offering millions of young people to discover the country in a completely new way. It is also a great way to add new experiences to our lives. However, if you want to start, these are the most popular cross-country cycling routes of Bangladesh.